HOUSTON — The No. 20 LSU women’s swimming and diving (12-1) took first overall in seven events to clinch wins over Houston, Rice and Tulane Saturday afternoon at the UH Rec Center.
The Lady Tigers finished the regular season with three dominating wins. LSU defeated Houston 224-129, Rice 280-67 and Tulane 266-87.
“There was some great racing over the course of the past two days,” swimming coach Dave Geyer said. “When you start to hit rest cycles, you have a squad that can be all over the place physically. From here, we need to fine tune details and get ready for SEC Championships.”
Once again, the Lady Tigers got out strong and finished strong in the relay events. The team of Danielle Stirrat, Colleen O’Neil, Haylee Knight and Leah Troskot just out touched Houston with a time of 3:44.74. Troskot, Knight, Megan Cox and Stirrat finished things off with a first-place finish in the 200 free relay (1:33.42).
In the first individual event of the day, Stacey Stanfield and Jane MacDougall went 1-2 overall in the 500 free. Stanfield finished with a time of 4:52.22 and MacDougall finished with in 4:54.62. Megan Loop finished in third to Rice and Tulane with a time of 4:58.42.
Senior Taryn MacKenzie finished first overall in the 100 breast with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:01.49. MacKenzie finished the weekend with an overall sweep of the breast events.
Senior Sophie Weber earned the overall victory in the 200 back with a time of 1:59.82. Caley Oquist and Makenna Wilson finished ahead of the Owls and Green Wave for second and third with times of 2:01.33 and 2:01.83.
Cox finished the weekend with a clean sweep of the fly events. On Saturday, the senior finished first with a time of 1:59.38. Freshman Gabrielle Pick finished second overall with a time of 2:02.43.
Lauren Thompson wrapped up the individual events with a first-place finish in the 400 IM. Thompson finished the event in 4:20.83.
In just her second collegiate meet, Lizzie Cui earned her first victory on one-meter with a score of 305.45. Senior Allie Alter followed on the event in second with a score of 282.15. Sophomore Madison Sthamann also earned a victory on platform for the Lady Tigers. Senior Cassie Weil followed in second on the event for LSU.
“It’s always good to be put in a challenging situation,” diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “We competed in some areas well and didn’t compete well in others. There was progression across the boards, which is what I want to see. I’m now focused on taking what we’ve done and used that to get ready for SEC’s.”
The LSU swimming and diving team returns to the pool for the 2016 SEC Championships Feb. 16-20, at the University of Missouri.
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